Drunk Driver Strikes, Kills Fire Chief: Police

Monday, Apr 29, 2013  |  Updated 8:09 AM EDT
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DUI Driver Strikes, Kills Fire Chief: Police

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Police say a fire chief was struck and killed by a drunk driver while he was directing traffic at a Pennsylvania accident scene.

Firefighters in York County gathered on Sunday night to remember Loganville fire Chief Rodney Miller, 45, who was killed in the accident near the Glen Rock exit of Interstate 83 early Saturday morning.

Authorities say 32-year-old Shrewsbury resident Matthew Scott Diehl has been charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence.

Police say Diehl was trying to go around Miller's parked vehicle, which had its emergency lights on, when his SUV struck Miller as he directed traffic. Miller was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Diehl is being held in prison after being denied bail. It wasn't immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.

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This isn't the first time Diehl finds himself accused of driving under the influence. According to court records, Diehl pleaded guilty to DUI stemming from a 2005 arrest.

Miller was remembered as a caring man who was always willing to help out.

"He would help anybody, if you needed help, he was there instantly," Jacob Beck told the Patriot-News. "It's a great loss. He was such an interesting person."

 


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